Carnegie Library for Apple
I think after 115 years, this building has found its ideal app. Vibrant in the mid-century, automobile traffic soon isolated it from pedestrian access. In 1977, the library was moved to what is now an important landmark building as well, and since that time, various museum plans have come and gone. This Beaux-Arts structure is honestly not the best built monumental building we have helped restore in this town, but a good cleaning and good fix-up have wiped the slate clean and I think now this will be one of Apple’s best stores.
North elevation—we reproduced all of these windows that had been basically destroyed through neglect and bad insulating glass retrofit.
The front doors revealed the building’s challenged history. Somewhat ill-fitting modern design was modified and repaired over the century so that restoration was no longer sensible. We generated new details and design after a careful exploration of the existing door’s components. New doors are 2 1/2” solid oak hung on the original bronze hinges.
For its vintage, I was surprised the building contained plain sawn red oak and not the then widely available chestnut. The laminations that comprised this overly wide bottom rail had failed, replacement was the only reasonable option.
Existing doors revealed a plywood core likely from the year 2000.
The window frames on site were severely compromised in the 2001 restoration/destruction. Wrong materials and techniques had rendered the original millwork not just dysfunctional, but basically not improvable. This image displays the destructive techniques necessary to remove the reglazed sash. We replaced this jamb and 100 more with reproductions of the actual original.
Modern sealants are amazing materials and essential to the flush conditions of modern architecture. They should however be used with discretion on historic buildings. The misuse of this polysulfide sealant at Carnegie contributed heavily to the destruction of historic fabric. Sometimes too good is just that.
The center pivot sash were easy and charming to use. We had looked forward to operating our reproduction sash by remote control through your Apple iPhone. However, owners decided to leave sash fixed.
Center pivot bronze hardware at Carnegie. More on this unusual hinge in our hardware segment.